On yer bike Mr Kelly

What is it with retiring cops that they think they can come out and make all sorts of outrageous statements. It isn’t like we care or are going to care what they say 5 minutes after the door shuts on their long careers.

Take John Kelly, he reckons the government has blood on its hands because they wouldn’t lower the drink drive limit.

The Government has blood on its hands for refusing to lower the drink-drive limit, a departing senior road policing boss says.

Superintendent John Kelly, who set up national highway patrols, retired on Thursday after six years overseeing the roads of Auckland’s sprawling Waitemata district and 35 years on the force.

He told the Herald on Sunday that John Key’s National Party ignoring calls for the drink-drive limit to be slashed two years ago was his biggest career frustration. He believed it had potentially contributed to more than 60 road deaths since.

“Between 250 and 300 people are still dying annually on the roads but if we had lowered the drink-drive limit when we could have, there might have been 30 or so of those people still alive every year,” said Kelly.

“The country missed a big trick to significantly reduce the numbers of deaths and injuries on our roads.”

Riiight, I will type slowly because Mr Thicky policeman plod can understand.

If you lower the limit that just makes the drunks more over the limit they were over in the first place. If Mr Kelly had been doing his job properly int he first place they would have been able to produce empirical evidence that there weer a great many people being stopped between 0.05 and 0.08, who weren;t over the limit and then went on and crashed causing injury and death. He didn’t and couldn’t and that is the reason th government decided to investigate and inquire as to what the facts were.

Even on his retirement he is pulling figures out of his well padded and shiny pants covered arse. Good luck with the road safety consultant work…your only customer is the government and you just crapped all over them.


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  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    May be John Key is still doing something good.

    Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll
    shows a rise in support for Prime Minister John Key’s National Party
    46.5% (up 2% since August 13-26, 2012). Support for Key’s Coalition
    partners changed only slightly with the Maori Party 2.5% (unchanged),
    ACT NZ 0.5% (down 0.5%) and United Future 0% (unchanged).

    Support for Labour is 31% (down 1%); Greens are
    12.5% (down 2%), New Zealand First 4.5% (down 0.5%), Mana Party 1% (up
    1%), Conservative Party of NZ 1% (up 0.5%) and others 0.5% (up 0.5%).

    Dear Leader Sheep Shearer said – “We are on a strong 31% support and we will build on that to reach 51% in another couple of months”.

  • toby_toby

    Mr Kelly hasn’t even been able to explain how he arrived at his “more than 60 deaths” number. Are they the result of drivers who had blood alcohol higher than 0.05 but lower than 0.08? Or is this something Mr Kelly has simply pulled from the depths of his arse? We’ll never know because the article doesn’t say.

  • Bunswalla

    Mr Kelly like many other blinkered peopple blame everything on the Gummint. If people are driving drunk and killing themselves and others then it’s all the Gummint’s fault.

    What about a bit of personal responsibility and accountability? If you get in a car too impaired to drive safely and you crach – that’s your fault, not the law’s. The stats show that the majority of people that drive drunk are not only well over the limit of .08 or 400mcg/l, they are also repeat offenders. These people have entitleitis and believe they have a right to drive no matter what the law says.

    Crusher should introduce a Repeat Drink-drive Offenders Bill to give the crushing industry a bit of a boost. Arrested for your third or subsequent drink-drive offence? Car is impounded immediately. Convicted when you get to court? Car is crushed, no second chances (you’ve already had 3).

    Now that’s a 3-strike law that would work.

  • cows4me

    Typical fascist zealot. Like to see some of these pricks living in isolated parts of the country. They have virtually made rural people prisoners in their own homes. If you go to pub or to visit the neighbours you have to be very mindful that you only have a couple. Many rural communities are dying because over officious fucks see farmers as easy marks with plenty of cash to pay their fines. 05, fuck off, all right for this cop to waddle down to the suburban bar, it’s a bit different when you have to drive about 60ks to get there and back.

    • Random66

      The fact that you have to drive 60ks is probably a good reason why you would want to stay under the limit and you certainly should want every other guy staying under it as well, particularly if you have kids on the road driving home at night.

    • Bunswalla

      Yeah I know what you mean. Always drive better with a few under your belt, Cocky? Take the back roads, eh, bastards won’t catch you there. A man’s gotta have a few beers after a hard day’s work, after all.